More details are being unearthed in the death of a 21-year-old Houston woman whose body was found on Aug. 27.
Recently released court documents detail the last horrific moments of Shawtyeria Waites‘ life and how investigators built a case against 26-year-old Jordan Potts, who is charged in Waites’ murder, KHOU reports.
Early last month, Waites was reported missing after she was last seen in the southwest Houston area on July 25 at about 10 p.m. Her friends had dropped her off at the Villages of Meyerland apartments after meeting a man at the strip club who invited them to the apartment. Waites was wearing a pink dress, pink sandals, and a long black curly wig.
But after Waites vanished without a trace, the family sought help from civil rights activist Quanell X in getting more help from the Houston Police Department in locating Waites. But her remains were found one month after she went missing.
Police believe she was killed in the 8900 block of Chimney Rock Road at about 8:30 p.m. on July 25. They found evidence on Aug. 13 that linked Potts to the case. They say he killed Waites inside the apartment and put her body in the trunk of his vehicle before dumping it, ABC News reports.
New details say a neighbor had called the police after she heard the sound of a woman screaming, “trying to get out of the door.” When police arrived to question Potts, he claimed he was just playing video games and that was the screaming sounds that were heard.
On Aug. 19, authorities were granted a search warrant for Potts’ car and found a shovel, gas can, and blood in the trunk along with evidence that a body had been placed there. Upon searching Potts’ cellphone, the FBI reported the phone traveled west on the Katy Freeway from 3:09 a.m. to 3:38 a.m. on July 26 and stopped in the 38400 block of the Katy Freeway in Brookshire where Waites body was found.
Investigators recovered evidence that matched Waites’ description, including the pink dress that she was last seen wearing. Potts remains in jail on a $1 million bond.